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NCEA review under fire: principals give it a failing grade

NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sunday, 1 July 2018, 12:48PM

A new principal's coalition suggesting the Government's review of NCEA warrants a review of its own has published full-page advertisements in national Sunday newspapers to air its criticism.

The coalition claims the review lacks the input of the secondary-school sector and was being conducted under too short a time period and without proper consultation.

Nearly 40 secondary-school principals are in the coalition.

Massey High School principal Glenn Dunham, a coalition spokesman, said the group was borne out of the sheer frustration with the process put in place by Minister of Education Chris Hipkins.

"The process is wrong, the minister is bulldozing this through and it is our young people who will pay the ultimate price," he said.

"The timeframe is too short. The Government has allowed only 16 weeks to review a national educational qualification for the next 30 years.

"Five weeks of the process has passed, and still principals have not been consulted, rather they have been asked to act as ambassadors for a proposal they have had no input into."

The process seemed to be disingenuous, Dunham said.

The group sought a "review of the review", he said.

"We want the Government to rewind, reorder, and reprioritise.

"Let's start with fixing what is broken – starting with quality teacher supply, and work from there."

National Party education spokeswoman Nikki Kaye had previously questioned how the multiple reviews being undertaken on the education sector would fit together.

"Of course there is a role for some, but this is getting a bit ridiculous," she said.

The Herald has sought comment from Hipkins.

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